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January 17, 2014 at 7:02 PM

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Brent Amaker and the Rodeo closes Neumos Celebration


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Benny Strehle, left, and Steve Davis, kill time before their performance with Brent Amaker and the Rodeo backstage at Neumos in Capitol Hill Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. The performance closed eight nights of shows commemorating the 20th anniversary of Moe's and 10th anniversary of Neumos. "It's the premier music venue in Capitol Hill and a lot of Seattle," said Strehle. The show also launched Brent Amaker and the Rodeo's new EP "Country Sky," due out on Jan. 21 on Fin Records.

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Brent Amaker and the Rodeo prepare to leave Amaker's West Seattle home for their performance at Neumos. The band, which describes themselves as "country new wave psychedelic," practices out of Amaker's basement called the "Rodeo Lair."

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Driver Benny Strehle and Brent Amaker travel in their van to Neumos. The band has toured the United States and Europe -- spanning family-friendly kite festivals to maximum-security prisons. The band found the coyote, center, at a hunting store and brought it on their U.S. Tour.

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Brent Amaker and the Rodeo's sign lights up in Amaker's West Seattle Basement, called the "Rodeo Lair."

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Benny Strehle grabs the red cape and whip out of the touring van outside of Neumos in Capitol Hill. Brent Amaker said almost all of the band members have used the cape as a blanket or pillow during their tours.

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Steve Davis, also known as Tiny Dancer, plays guitar in Brent Amaker and the Rodeo.

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Benny Strehle brings in a red cape and whip into Neumos in Capitol Hill. Brent Amaker said almost all of the band members have used the cape as a blanket or pillow during their tours.

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Members of Brent Amaker and the Rodeo play at Neumos in Capitol Hill. The band describes themselves as "country new wave psychedelic."

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Members of Brent Amaker and the Rodeo work during a sound check at Neumos.

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Brent Amaker sings during a sound check at Neumos. "I feel really super lucky to live in Seattle, and have people listen to my music and care," Amaker said. "This is a music city."

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Members of Brent Amaker and the Rodeo walk past the Neumos anniversary sign. The Capitol Hill nightclub opened in 1994 out of a former thrift store and was called Moe's Mo'roc'n Cafe. The music venue reopened as Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room in 2004.

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Members of Brent Amaker and the Rodeo talk backstage at Neumos. While on tour for weeks at a time, the band tours in all white or all black cowboy outfits.

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Ms. Bunny, also known as Ruby Mimosa with the Atomic Bombshells, waits to perform with Brent Amaker and the Rodeo.

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Nick Markel watches the Fox and The Law perform at Neumos. Markel has been known for his saucy encores with Brent Amaker and the Rodeo.

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A portrait of Ms. Bunny is taken backstage of Neumos after her performance with Brent Amaker and the Rodeo.

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Benny Strehle prepares to perform with Brent Amaker and the Rodeo. "It's Devo meets Johnny Cash," Guy Keltner, a guitarist with Fox and The Law. "It's like rodeo circus."

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Brent Amaker and the Rodeo performs at Neumos Thursday night. The performance closed eight nights of shows commemorating the 20th anniversary of Moe's and 10th anniversary of Neumos.

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Brent Amaker sings at Neumos Thursday night. The band started as four guys wanting to play music and ride their motorcycles to their gigs with their guitars strapped to their backs. After realizing it was "highly illogical," Amaker said the men started to focus more on their music than their bikes.

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Brent Amaker and the Rodeo perform at Neumos Thursday night as the last of eight days of anniversary shows. The band is known for their "whiskey baptisms," where they induct audience members into the "Church of the Rodeo."

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Audience members watch Brent Amaker and the Rodeo. Their new EP "Country Sky" is due out on Jan. 21 on Fin Records.

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